This website is the best source of up-to-date information “at a glance” about the Coronavirus.  It’s managed by Johns Hopkins University & MedicineClick Here To Stay Informed.

You can protect yourself and help prevent spreading the virus to others if you:
Do
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell
  • Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell
Don’t
  • Touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean

More Cornonavirus Information

  • The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.
  • Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own.  The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.
  • The virus is very fragile;  the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat.  That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam).  By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.
  • HEAT melts fat;  this is why it is so good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius for washing hands, clothes and everything.  In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.
  • Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.
  • Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside.
  • Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.
  • NO BACTERICIDE SERVES.  The virus is not a living organism like bacteria;  they cannot kill what is not alive with antibiotics, but quickly disintegrate its structure with everything said.
  • NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth.  While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only between 3 hours (fabric and porous), 4 hours (copper, because it is naturally antiseptic; and wood, because it removes all the moisture and does not let it peel off and disintegrates), 24 hours (cardboard), 42 hours (metal) and 72 hours (plastic).  But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.
  • The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial as air conditioners in houses and cars.  They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness.  Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster.
  • UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein.  For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect.  Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin, eventually causing wrinkles and skin cancer.
  • The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.
  • Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.
  • NO SPIRITS, NOT even VODKA.  The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%.
  • LISTERINE might be better.  It is 65% alcohol.
  • The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be.  The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.
  • This is a critical.  You have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc.  And when using the bathroom.
  • You have to HUMIDIFY HANDS DRY from so much washing them, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks.  The thicker the moisturizer, the better.
  • Keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.

Recently the New York Times asked experts how best to clean your home during a viral outbreak like the Coronavirus outbreak.  We thought we would share this informative article.

We asked the experts how best to clean our homes during a viral outbreak. After they taught us the proper technique (above), we had a few more questions:

How often should I do this?

Every day. (In between regular cleanings.)

Will wipes work?

Yes. Look for sprays or wipes that promise to kill 99.9 percent of germs.

What if I don’t have cleaning sprays or wipes?

Washing with soapy water should do the trick: a few drops of dish soap to eight ounces of water. Although soap and water will not kill all germs, scrubbing with soapy water should be effective in removing coronavirus and other germs from surfaces.

What’s a high-touch surface?

All those places where you and your family leave a million fingerprints every day. (Clean bathroom surfaces last.)

Door knobs
• Light switches
• Refrigerator and microwave doors
• Drawer pulls
• TV remote
• Counters and table tops where you cook and eat
• Toilet handles
• Faucet handles

Tara Parker-Pope is the founding editor of Well, The Times’s award-winning consumer health site. She won an Emmy in 2013 for the video series “Life, Interrupted” and is the author of “For Better: The Science of a Good Marriage.” @taraparkerpope

How To Sanitize Your Smartphone During Coronavirus Outbreak

Consumer Reports.org posted a great article on how to keep your smartphone clean.

There’s more to keeping your smartphone clean than just a microfiber cloth.

Amid growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by a novel coronavirus, Apple has updated its guidance on how to keep iPhones and other electronic devices clean and free of germs, telling users that it is indeed safe to use alcohol to wipe the product’s screen and body.

This coronavirus has quickly spread around the globe and is now advancing across the U.S. Symptoms are usually mild but can be severe, especially in older adults and in people with underlying health conditions.

Studies have shown that smartphones are a breeding ground for germs and other pathogens, making it important to keep them clean. That’s certainly true for the novel coronavirus, which research suggests may survive on surfaces for hours or even days.

Prior to Apple’s updated guidance, published Monday, there was palpable confusion about whether using alcohol might damage a smartphone, particularly the special “oleophobic” coating that helps prevent fingerprints from building up on the touch-screen display.

“Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces,” Apple said.

The company recommends that you power the device down first and avoid using bleach, submerging the unit in cleaning agents, or allowing moisture to enter any opening in the shell.

“Don’t use [the wipes] on fabric or leather surfaces,” Apple adds.

In an email to Consumer Reports, a Google representative confirmed that it’s okay to use isopropyl alcohol wipes on the company’s devices (including the Pixel smartphone), without fear of causing damage. Consumer Reports has asked Samsung for similar confirmation on the use of wipes on its devices but has not yet received a response. We’ll update this article if that changes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that hand sanitizers containing at least 60 percent alcohol have been shown to be effective at eliminating germs.

Consumers who shield their phones from harm with a screen protector and/or a protective case may have an even easier way to keep the device clean: plain old soap and water.

James Dickerson, Ph.D., Consumer Reports’ chief scientific officer, says he regularly washes his smartphone case and screen cover in his sink with soap and water. And according to the CDC, soap and water are more effective at eliminating germs than alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

“So if people have those types of covers, that’s probably the best thing they can do,” he says. “They don’t have to go out and buy special sanitizers or anything like that. Just scrub it down.”

Do not, however, do that with a case that features a built-in battery for recharging on the go, he adds.

As for how often you should clean your smartphone, Dickerson says that varies based on your situation. A physician who sees patients regularly, he explains, will want to wipe down the phone several times a day. But the average consumer can do so less frequently. It all depends on how often you interact with other people.

More broadly, Dickerson says, consumers should look to official, reputable sources for information as the situation unfolds.

“You have to be vigilant,” he says. “Take in information from trusted healthcare professionals and not just social media influencers.”

More on the Coronavirus

A one-page, printable guide for preparing to shelter at home

Our recommendations for surviving boredom, loneliness, and the Coronavirus.

Imagine, two weeks from now, the country is functionally in quarantine. Only groceries and pharmacies remain open, and there are limits on how many people can be inside them at once. Other stores are closed, and many delivery services have shut down.

If this sounds dire, it’s a description of where Italy is, right now, in the coronavirus pandemic. And by some measures, we look to be following Italy’s trajectory fairly closely, with about a two-week lag. So now isn‘t a time for panic, but it is a time for preparation — to be ready for weeks or even months when much is shut down. Even if you’re in a location where stores are staying open, many of us won’t want to go into the crowded public spaces we typically frequent without another thought.

“People should be prepared to hunker down,” Dr. Caitlin Rivers at the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University told Vox. “I don’t think we have turned the corner yet.”

So what do you need? How should you think about preparing? While store shelves are emptier than usual and lots of items are out of stock, many people still haven’t really thought about what the weeks and months ahead will hold — it may well be like nothing we’ve ever seen before. Here’s a guide to the essentials (and a version made for printing).

A graphic of the list below in article text. Amanda Northrop/Vox

Not everyone can afford to respond by stocking up on necessities. For many people living on the margins, the virus has already disrupted paychecks and livelihoods, and more disruptions are coming. But if you can afford to make some purchases now that will make the outbreak easier to weather, you will be helping to protect your fellow citizens who can’t.

Every additional person in a store increases the odds of Coronavirus spread, and many people can unknowingly be carriers. Staying home means that sick people (including those who don’t yet realize they are sick) spread the virus to fewer additional people. If on average they spread it to fewer than one additional person, case numbers will shrink. And even just delaying the growth in case numbers can save lives by buying us more time to prepare.

So preparing for the isolation yourself and your family may soon be facing isn’t selfish; it’s one way to help protect people who don’t have the resources to prepare themselves. It lets you avoid excursions that might get them sick. It also lets you weather problems at home, instead of clogging an urgent care center or the emergency room when both are likely to be overwhelmed.

If you can afford to buy some things that will enable you to ride out social distancing, local supply shocks, school closings, and potentially getting sick, it’s a sensible thing to do. That said, don’t panic-buy enormous quantities of things you won’t need. Making it harder for other people to get those things actually puts you in greater danger!

Here is an expanded version of the guide above on some purchases that might make an unnerving few weeks go a little more smoothly.

Cleaning products

Keeping your living quarters, personal appliances, and surfaces clean is not just good general practice — it’s increasingly important as we learn more about how the Coronavirus can spread and linger on devices like phones. But that doesn’t mean you need to douse everything in Lysol; some basic household products and good practices will help a great deal.

  • Soap: You’ve probably seen the run on Purell and other hand sanitizers — which are sold out in many places or prohibitively priced online. But good old soap and water is the recommended way to get clean, and is still available. Get a soap you like using; the most important thing is that you’re actually willing to use it to regularly wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds.

“Wash your hands much more than you think you need to wash your hands,” Dr. Rebecca Katz, director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University, told me. “It’s not satisfactory because people feel they should be doing much more, but at this point it’s the best advice we can be giving.” Don’t neglect the more important basic measures that can protect your health and safety just because now much more intense precautions have been added as well.

  • Towels, clean linens, anything else you might need more of if your cleaning habits change: If your family is like mine, after washing your hands, you all dry them on a bathroom towel that is laundered whenever someone remembers to get around to it. Consider buying some more bathroom towels and swapping them out more frequently. In general, rethink your household habits now that you’re hopefully washing more, wiping down surfaces more, and spending more time at home — what do you need to keep up your improved habits?
  • Disinfectant wipes: Wiping down surfaces (including your phone) can make sure the virus doesn’t linger on them. Most disinfectant wipes will work fine for this, but do check this list from the EPA to make sure your preferred cleaning product is actually virus-killing — some natural cleaning products are not.
  • Disposable gloves: Wearing gloves is great for reminding me not to touch my face (though unless you are removing them properly and not washing or reusing them, they don’t make it safe to touch contaminated surfaces). Anxious about the virus being transmitted by mail and packages, my family has been opening them on the front porch with gloves on. You probably don’t need to be that paranoid, but if someone in your house gets sick, you might want gloves to handle contaminated substances. And once we had a supply around, we found that they also make diaper changes less unpleasant.

Food, groceries, necessities

The food supply chain is not going to break down. and hoarding can cause problems, but “people might want to slowly start to stock up on enough nonperishable food to last their households through several weeks of social distancing at home,” risk communications experts Jody Lanard and Peter Sandman have written. You should be planning for interruptions and inconveniences, but needn’t fear a famine.

Looking at how the Coronavirus has played out in other countries, it seems likely that people will need to plan for less frequent access to grocery stores, and if they get sick, they might not want to go out shopping at all. It’s also possible many communities might be home for a long time, potentially months, so boredom is a real concern as many public activities are limited. Consider buying:

  • Supplies of shelf-stable food if access to grocery stores is limited for a while. For example, your city or county might start limiting how many people can be in the store at a time, creating long lines, as some areas of Italy have done. The cheapest way to make sure you stay fed is probably some big bags of rice and dry beans, but keep in mind that food is important to your morale, too — snacks you actually like may make long periods of restricted movement more bearable. My home has stocked up on chocolate and popcorn as well as flour, butter, lentils, and rice.
  • Coffee or tea is good to have on hand, especially if you have a caffeine habit. You will be much less happy stuck at home without them, and as things get worse a run out to the local coffee shop may not be a good idea (or your city or county may close all nonessential businesses).
  • A first aid kit: Hospitals in parts of the US are likely to be overwhelmed. Already, many are canceling non-emergency surgeries. That means it will be harder to access hospitals for injuries and illnesses that have nothing to do with the Coronavirus, former ICU nurse Miranda Dixon-Luinenburg told me. “Even in the moderate-bad case, ER wait times” will be out of control, she said. And if you don’t have the Coronavirus yet, “you do not want to be waiting there for many hours even if they will eventually see you,” because you’d be at high risk of catching it from someone else in the waiting room.

So be prepared to treat everything from home: Do you have rehydration fluids? bandages? Over-the-counter meds? Antiseptic wipes? Cold packs? Things like food poisoning or stomach flu can be safely treated at home unless you’re “unable to keep down any fluids and have symptoms of dehydration,” Dixon-Luinenburg said. Cuts can be treated at home with gauze to stop the bleeding, polysporin, and bandages unless there are “signs of infection (area is warm, very tender, swollen, red, or draining pus), or if bleeding won’t stop,” she told me.

“For injuries that might be sprains/might be broken, probably this pushes toward waiting it out and treating with ice + rest + painkillers, rather than immediately going to the ER to check. (If you can put weight on it, it’s probably not broken). If your arm is bent in two pieces, though, it is definitely broken and cannot be dealt with at home.”

As I told my 3-year-old yesterday, doctors are very busy and it’s a bad time for acrobatics on the stairs — and a bad time to be unprepared if your 3-year-old does them anyway.

  • If your doctor and insurance will approve you stocking up on 90 days of medication, the CDC recommends doing so.

Fighting the war on boredom

Many states initially announced shutdowns for a few weeks. But experts say we should expect things to be closed for much longer than that. “I think we will continue to see an expansion of the epidemic here in the US,” Rivers told me. “I think we will also see corresponding mitigation measures.” So you should expect that it may be months before you can return to your normal life. Plan what you’ll need to keep yourself and your family entertained at home.

  • Hobbies: Have you been considering taking up embroidery? Knitting? Miniature furniture making? Baking? It’s a good time to dive into an activity you can do at home. Morale matters!
  • Things for working-from-home: If your job is possible to do remotely, you should prepare for being encouraged or asked to work from home for the next few months. Make sure you have a desk and a chair that’s comfortable, and consider other contingencies like a prepaid WiFi hotspot for if your Internet’s being unreliable.
  • Electronics and, potentially, spare parts: If your phone or computer breaks, it’s an inconvenience in the best of times. Right now, it might be more than that, if you’re relying on your connected devices for work or interactions with the outside world and stores aren’t open to get a replacement. If you can afford a backup phone, a spare battery, or replacement parts for the devices you rely on, then you’re not one unfortunate spill from disaster.
  • Things for quality time: Face it, you might be stuck with family, roommates, or partners for a while (and experts do not recommend even small gatherings with other families, which can still transmit the virus). So have on hand some things you can do together: board games, video games, sheet music for sing-alongs, popcorn for movie nights. If you can’t afford to purchase much, keep in mind that many activities that can make the long days go by faster are basically free: My family is planning a D&D game, which can be run with free online materials and a set of dice (if the dice are too pricey, your phone will do the trick).

For if you get sick

According to data from China, for around 80 percent of people that contract Coronavirus, the symptoms are mild. “Mild,” though, doesn’t mean that it’ll just be a cold — it just means that you won’t require hospitalization. It may still feel like the worst flu of your life.

Getting by at home, though, means that hospital beds can be reserved for those who need them. “If you are doing fine at home, you should stay at home,” Rivers told me.

So stock up on things that help you get through a bad fever and a bad cough, plus some other unpleasant symptoms. That probably includes:

  • Medication for reducing a fever, like acetaminophen (Tylenol). There’s nothing like trying to figure out dosing instructions for medications, while miserable and sick, so look that information up now! If you can’t manage your fever with over the counter medication, seek medical attention.
  • A thermometer for monitoring your fever. This can help you notice that you’re sick in the first place (fever is the most common symptom and often the first) and help you notice if your fever is dangerously high or if medication is failing to manage it.
  • Medication for managing a cough, including cough drops and lozenges, and cough syrups like Dayquil/Nyquil. Stuffy/runny nose seems to be rare among Covid-19 patients, but for illnesses in general, decongestants like Sudafed can be helpful.
  • A humidifier can also help a lot with a cough that makes it tough to sleep. if you don’t own a humidifier, sitting in a steamy room (like one where the shower is running) can help.
  • Rehydration solutions. You can buy these in the form of something like Pedialyte or Gatorade, or make one at home with a liter of drinking water, a scoop of sugar, and a pinch of salt. Staying hydrated while you’re sick can help you recover faster and ensure you don’t need medical attention — which may only be available to the very ill. I ordered Gatorade because I prefer the taste: The best re-hydration solution is one you’ll actually want to drink. (But don’t get the sugar-free kind — sugar is what your body needs!)
  • I also purchased a finger pulse oximeter — which costs about $20 — the last time I had a respiratory illness. When it feels like you’re having trouble breathing, it can be hard to know if it’s just anxiety or if you’re really having trouble getting enough air. The oximeter measures whether you’re actually short of breath. In healthy people, blood oxygen levels are usually 96-100. “Home ones are unreliable (honestly, hospital ones are unreliable!),” Dixon-Luinenberg told me, “so take a reading seriously if it’s more than five minutes on several different fingers while you’re sitting comfortably still and with warm hands. A sustained reading under 92 percent is worrying.”

But for me, the oximeter was mostly useful for anxiety — I could slip it on my finger and be reassured that I was likely not very sick and didn’t need a doctor at all.

If self-care at home isn’t enough, you should call ahead before seeking medical attention so that precautions can be taken, experts say. “If you do start to get worried you’re not doing well at home, you can call your doctor’s office or call the emergency room,” Rivers told me. “Call ahead so they know you’re coming and can make sure you’re not sitting in the waiting room.”

This article was posted on Vox.com on March 19, 2020 by

Mr. Free Spirit Speaks About the Coronavirus

Mr. Free Spirit has been busy living the fantastic retired life. However, this Coronavirus (COVID-19) has made him spring into action.

If you are retired or getting ready to retire be prepared to stay aware of  world events.  It’s not necessary to panic but, it is necessary to be aware. Panic and watching the news about Coronavirus (COVID-19) constantly will cause mental stress. However, you must stay vigilant. I am NOT an authority as to what affect you either will have physically or mentally but being retired affords me the time to research. We are going into a social normal era; fear will enter your judgement concerning your next move.

Just think I have a new house and a new car, but if I knew Coronavirus (COVID-19) was coming and making the stock market tank and affect the interest rate, I would have waited. What or how will Coronavirus (COVID-19) affect you? read below:

What can older/retired adults do to reduce their risk of illness? 

Older adults and people with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and lung ailments, are more likely than younger, healthier people to experience serious symptoms from the illness caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

In the U.S., that means more than 105 million Americans are at increased risk for complications if infected due to age or comorbidities, an analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows.

Risk of death from the Coronavirus also is higher in older adults, starting at age 60,

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued specific guidance for older adults and people who have chronic medical conditions. Here’s what the agency recommends:

Avoid crowds, rethink daily activities  

A 15-day plan to slow the spread of the Coronavirus in the U.S. It’s centered on individuals avoiding groups of more than 10 people — a move that doubles down on previous recommendations that Americans need to distance themselves from one another.

Many states, cities and communities are taking social distancing recommendations seriously by temporarily shuttering bars and restaurants, closing schools and setting limits on the number of people who can gather in one place. Some areas of the U.S. are under shelter-in-place orders to keep crowds from spreading COVID-19.

The CDC also has advised that nursing homes and long-term care facilities ban outside visitors, guidance that comes as a long-term care facility in Washington battles a COVID-19 outbreak that has resulted in multiple deaths.

Limiting contact with others is one way to slow the spread of the epidemic and protect high-risk populations from infection. Public health experts also are advising that people wash their hands often and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Stock up on supplies 

Older Americans and adults who routinely take medications should make sure they have “adequate supplies” on hand, enough to last two weeks to a month.

It’s also important to stock up on over-the-counter medications to treat fever, cough and other symptoms, as well as tissues and common medical supplies.

Major health insurers have pledged to relax prescription refill limits on “maintenance medications” in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak. Prescription refill limits are also being waived for many Medicare Advantage and Part D beneficiaries.

If you run into difficulty stocking up on your prescriptions at the pharmacy, consider refilling your medications with a mail-order service, the CDC says. You can also ask your physician to switch your prescription from a 30-day supply to a 90-day supply to make sure you have enough medication to get through a potential COVID-19 outbreak in your community.

And make sure you have enough food in the house in case you have to stay home for an extended period.

Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press, Dr. Anthony Fauci, an immunologist and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), said Americans “should be prepared that they’re going to have to hunker down significantly more than we as a country are doing.”

What’s the best way to protect myself?

Limit exposure. That’s the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This means staying home as much as you can and minimizing contact with others, especially crowds. Avoid all nonessential travel and consider meal pickup and delivery options as an alternative to dining out.

Health officials also advise taking everyday steps that can prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. Wash your hands often with soap and water (scrub for at least 20 seconds) and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap is not an option. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, and cover your coughs and sneezes.

Some other advice: Stay home when you are sick, keep a distance of at least six feet between you and others, and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

What about travel?

The CDC advises against all nonessential travel, domestic or foreign, and has issued a strong warning against cruise travel during the pandemic.

The government has banned travelers from more than 30 countries to the U.S., including Ireland and the United Kingdom. Several countries around the world are doing the same to slow the spread of the virus. The U.S.-Canada border also is closed for nonessential travel.

. How is the Coronavirus spreading?

Much of what experts know is based on what is known about similar Coronaviruses. When person-to-person transmission occurred with Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and severe acute respiratory syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV), respiratory droplets from coughs and sneezes from an infected person were the likely culprit, according to the CDC. Those droplets can land in the mouths or noses of nearby people or be inhaled into the lungs.

It may be possible to get COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface or object and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes, “but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads,” the CDC says.

Health officials are still working to better understand how easily the virus is spread from person to person. It may be possible for an infected person to spread the virus before exhibiting symptoms. However, people are thought to be most contagious when they are sick with the symptoms of the virus, the CDC says.

Coronavirus at a Glance: Infographic

Covid-19 SYMPTOMS may develop within 14 days of exposure and include*:

  • Coughing

    Cough

  • High temperature

    Fever

  • Illustrated man experiencing difficulty breathing

    Shortness of breath

Transmission and Diagnosis

The virus that causes COVID-19:

  • Usually spreads from close person-to-person contact through respiratory droplets from coughing and sneezing.
  • May also spread through airborne transmission, when tiny droplets remain in the air even after the person with the virus leaves the area.
  • Can only be diagnosed with a laboratory test.
Graphic of virus cell

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

115,997

Confirmed cases worldwide**

**As of March 10, 2020.

THE BEST WAYS TO PROTECT YOURSELF

  • Scrubbing hands with soap and water

    Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.

  • Man sneezing into a tissue

    Cough or sneeze into a tissue or flexed elbow, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Man coughing into hand

    Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Two figured separated by a dotted line

    Avoid close contact with people who are sick, sneezing or coughing.

  • Illustrated man sleeping in bed

    Stay home when you are ill.

  • Disinfecting a countertop

    Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that people frequently touch.

  • graphic of man wearing face mask

    Only wear a face mask if you have respiratory symptoms or are caring for someone with respiratory symptoms.